Sunday, October 28, 2007

Turning 2007 Symposium Pics

The Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild does a symposium every two years and brings together a line up of featured and guest demonstrators. The line-up included Graeme Priddle, Mark Sfirri, Matthew Hill, Trent Bosch, Molly Winton and Mark Kauder. I did a demonstration on "Design Inspirations from Nature" and I helped Graeme Priddle and Molly Winton do two pyrography demos.

This year's event was the weekend of Oct 13th and was a lot of fun. I missed the last one in 2005 because I was in Australia doing a combination of woodturning demonstrations, collaboration conferences, and starting a research project on Euphrasia, which is just now starting to pan out. Euphrasia is a parasitic plant related to the one I study in South Africa. All I can say about this at the moment is stay tuned for some future travel adventures to New Zealand, but it goes to show that combining woodturning and research trips can pay off with some effort and creativity.

The symposium was held at Higher Ground - a retreat center. They have housing and multipurpose facilities along with a new cafeteria. The instant gallery was housed in a small building next to the lodge.

There's a trade show that goes along with the symposium. Here's Lyle Jamieson showing a Del Stubbs trick - using sharpened whatevers for turning, in this case it was a hatchet. In 2005 I was at the Proserpine Turnout (Queensland, Australia) and watched a guy turn a thin-stemmed goblet using a hatchet. The goblet is now in my woodturning collection.

The trade show had a lot of wood vendors, some tool venders, and Doug Thompson with his gouges. If you look carefully, you'll see Jennifer Shirley there in the blue denim jeans.

Ruth Niles was there as was Bill Rubenstein with his Stubby Lathe booth.

Mark Kauder with one of his rotations on segmented woodturning.

Graeme Priddle. Looks like he was turning a bowl for a demo of his branding technique.

Matthew Hill demonstrated techniques on boxes and urns.

Trent Bosch doing a "vessel of illusion" demonstration.

Mark Sfirri's demos were on multi-axis turning. You can see some detail posts here: Mark Sfirri's visit to Central Ohio Woodturners. You'll have to scroll down from this link to see the previous posts on Mark's all-day demo and the hands-on class I took with him.

I always enjoy walking through the instant gallery of woodturning symposia. I never photograph every piece, but this collection of images will give you the general gist of what was in the gallery.

An interesting collection of bowls by Bill Neddow.

A collaboration between Barbara Crockett, Graeme Priddle, and Mark Sfirri (sort of - he forced the carving issue. . .). Barb can tell you that story sometime.

Graeme Priddle

Molly Winton

Mark Kauder

Mark Sfirri

Lyle Jamieson

Rene Keyzer-André

Ed Vance, glass and wood

Linda Suter

Ralph Kubal (you can see my influence at work, I think).

Jim Dupler

Keith Bundy

Hoby Horn (again, my influence at work)

Bruce Gibson (inspired by David Nittmann's work, I think)

Tim Janeway - a third generation inspiration. This style was originated by Anna Dawes of Sydney, Australia. She showed Terry Scott how to do this at the Collaboration 2005 conference in Newcastle, Australia. Terry demonstrated it at the Utah Woodturning symposium, and now Tim has made this for display. I suspect Tim has no idea whose original idea this style of turning should be attributed to since he credited Terry Scott as the originator (incorrect, though - it was Anna Dawes who introduced this idea). I think there is a major problem with most turners not knowing the history of a design idea. That's one of the reasons I try to give credit where it is due on my blog when I post images from instant galleries.

Marvin Ewing

Frank Kobusek

Gary Travis

Jeff Salter

Jennifer Shirley

George Rader

Arnold Ward

Paul Pyrcik

Gail Bigham

Gary Vance

Dick Gerard

Jamie Donaldson

Duane Leach (influenced by Hans Weissflog)

Sammy Long (I see influences from John Jordan and Avelino Samuel)

Jerry Hook

Don McNiven (Ron Gerton has popularized this technique)

Don McNiven

Mark Twigg

Andi Wolfe

Neil Gloudemans (J. Paul Fennell had a spectacular bat for the AAW exhibit at last year's symposium)

Lowell Converse

Jim Burrowes

Ruby Cler (influences from Stuart Mortimer and Anthony Harris)

Michael Gordon

The Friday night entertainment was a collaboration dog and pony show where the eight featured demonstrators were paired up to make something in front of an audience.

Mark Sfirri and Trent Bosch teamed up to make a something or other.

Nick Cook teamed up with Clay Foster. John Hill served as commentator.

Clay has a grin that one sometimes has to think about. In this case he's "cooking" up some Texas mud.

Looks pretty disgusting. He's going to put it into that mustard dispenser and use it to layout a design on the bowl that Nick turns.

Mark Kauder and Graeme Priddle were a team, too. In this case, Mark turned a segmented bowl and Graeme branded a design onto one ring of it.

Matthew Hill and Molly Winton were the other team. They worked on a box (on a stick?).

Just about everyone came to the evening activity.

"Hmmmmm, I wonder what it is that we're making. . ."

Molly Winton and Trent Bosch.

"No peeking, please. . ."

Meanwhile, back with team Cook/Foster, Clay is busy cooking off that Texas mud.

Nick is the back seat driver for this effort.

"What are we making, Matthew?"

"I don't know, Clay. I think we could scorch the whole thing, don't you?"

"Graeme, I think you're supposed to turn from this side. . ."

"Hmmmm, maybe I should be catching up to those other teams. . ."

Graeme, branding in his spiral design.

Clay Foster and Nick Cook collaboration. They finished first.

"Maybe we should just put it back on the lathe and do something else."

"You know, if you just cut it in half we'll have two something or others."

Molly's turn.

"Well, we didn't finish first, but ours is the best."

"That's what you think. . . ."

Yep, Mark Sfirri and Trent Bosch made a classic something or other.

"I can do better than that. . ."

"Yep, we may be last, but we're best."

"Hah! Look and Molly and Matthew still hard at work. . ."

Dave Morrical filled some time with some of his jokes. I don't think Jay Leno has anything to worry about. . .

Whew! What an evening. Did I mention that I celebrated a big milestone birthday at the symposium? These are flowers my mom and dad sent to me.

Matthew Hill's work in this and the next two photos.

The best eye candy of the instant gallery was this and the next table. Dave Long brought in an assortment of beautiful pieces from his woodturning collection.

I don't remember all of the artists here, but there are pieces from Malcolm Tibbetts, Jack de Vos, Marco Berrera, Galen Carpenter, and Bill Tilson.

On this table are works by Malcolm Tibbetts, J. Paul Fennell, Stephen Hatcher, Bill Smith, Clay Foster, Keith Tompkins, and Cindy Drozda. I'm missing a couple of names, though.

Here's Dave Long standing by his collection. It was so nice of him to bring this work to the symposium.

One of Malcolm Tibbetts' amazing sculptures.

The banksia pod ribbon is also by Malcolm Tibbetts. The geometric design one on the left is a vintage Clay Foster design, and the pierced one in the front is one of J. Paul Fennell's de la mer designs..

I can't remember the maker of the one in the back on the left, but it's an interesting mosaic with wood, copper wire and turquoise. The vortex segmented one is by Bill Smith and then a linen fold piece in holly by Keith Tompkins.

L to R: Galen Carpenter's segmented pine cone font, Bill Tillson's veneer flower bowl, and another amazing piece by Malcolm Tibbetts.

That one in back might be a Stephen Gleasner piece. The one in front is by Marco Berrera. I hope Dave will see this and post a comment with corrections and more info.

Another Malcolm Tibbetts segmented wonder and a small hollow form by Jack de Vos of Australia.

Graeme Priddle.

Clay Foster showing his eggshell inlay technique.

Nick Cook.

Mark Sfirri

Donations to the auction

More auction pieces

A collaboration between Mark Sfirri and Graeme Priddle.

Donation piece by Mark Kauder

Trent Bosch

Bill Rubenstein (Stubby Lathe USA), relaxing or a bit. He showed me a very cool hollowing system with a cool gadget laser attachment.

The instant gallery critique was done by Nick Cook and Mark Sfirri.

There was a large gathering for this part of the program.

The Saturday night auction raised over $6K for the OVWG education fund.

. . . maybe that figure would have been higher if the spotters weren't so scary to look at ;-)

John Hill was the auctioneer and did a great job, as usual.

Jamie Donaldson did his phrugal photography demo. It was so great to see Jamie here.

Keith Bundy - one of the hardest working souls to make this symposium a great one. Thanks, Keith, and thanks to the committee for putting on a good symposium.